The ‘Harriet’ unveiling honours phenomenal fundraising effort
Last night saw the official unveiling of the ‘Harriet’ portrait at a civic ceremony at Shetland Museum and Archives (Sunday 29 January) by renowned portrait artist Stuart Pearson Wright, as he presented his painting at the museum in front of invited guests.
The portrait was created last year by artist Stuart Pearson Wright for the BBC’s ‘Extraordinary Portraits’ television programme in recognition of Harriet Middleton’s incredible fundraising efforts for the Shetland MRI scanner appeal. Harriet led a community knitting programme in 2019 and set up the MRI Maakers group. There was worldwide interest in Harriet’s Hat, a Fair Isle design she created herself, and patterns for this, together with other knitted items were sold and auctioned online to a global audience. Realising the importance of early diagnosis and the need for a scanner, the group of at least 62 MRI Maakers, some of whom worked from home, The Fernlea Care Home in Whalsay and those who used to meet regularly at the Gilbert Bain Hospital with their combined efforts raised well in excess of £100,000 for the appeal.